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Pathways for Canadian medical graduates

Explore pathways to licensure for Canadian medical graduates.
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Overview

For Canadian medical students and graduates, there is currently a standard pathway to licensure. This page outlines some of the common steps, but it is not an exhaustive resource. It is intended as a guide to better understand some of the actions steps that may be required and how the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) may be involved. It is essential that candidates check the requirements outlined by the medical regulatory authority (MRA) of the jurisdiction they are interested in practising in.

Getting started

Create a physiciansapply.ca account

A physiciansapply.ca account will give you access to important services, such as application for the MCC exams that you may need on your pathway to licensure.

Pass the MCCQE Part I

Prepare for and challenge the MCC Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I, Canada’s national standardized exam assessing candidates at a level expected of a student about to graduate with a medical degree in Canada.

Postgraduate training

CaRMS match

Canadian medical students and graduates apply to Canadian residency programs through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) to be matched with and complete a residency program.

Licensing, certification, and registration

The requirements for medical registration are set by each MRA and are different between jurisdictions. Most MRAs require some of the following steps to be granted full licensure to practise medicine in that province or territory.

Apply for your LMCC

Apply for and be granted the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC), an essential component of the Canadian Standard, after completing your accepted postgraduate training.

Apply for medical registration with MRAs

In Canada, you need to apply for medical registration with the provincial and territorial MRA of the jurisdiction you would like to practise. Each MRA may have different requirements, so it is important to familiarize yourself with those applicable to you. You will be able to apply for medical registration to most MRAs through your physiciansapply.ca account.

Apply for a specialty certificate

You will need to apply for a specialty certificate with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), the College of Family Physicians Canada (CFPC), or the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ).